News Archive

New senior housing development in planning stages for Chinatown

The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of Chicago (CCBA), one of the oldest Chinese-American advocacy organizations in the city, will demolish the Chinese Community Center at 250 W. 22nd Pl. and build an eight-story building in its place.

Near West Side marijuana dispensary open for business

The medical marijuana dispensary originally planned for the Fulton Market area has opened instead on the Near West Side. The Herbal Care Center (THC for short) is located at 1301 S. Western Ave. near the Illinois Medical District. The site formerly held a Firestone Auto Care shop.

Anti-Semitic flyers sought to drive wedge between groups at UIC

Anti-Semitic flyers were distributed around the University of Illinois at Chicago campus starting March 14. The flyers contained statements such as “Ending white privilege starts with ending Jewish privilege.”

Children’s Hospital University of Illinois committed to excellence and community

The Children’s Hospital University of Illinois (CHUI) has named Benjamin Van Voorhees, MD, head of pediatrics and physician-in-chief. Voorhees assumed his new role March 16, after serving as interim head for the preceding 18 months.

St. Therese principal earns Golden Apple

Golden Apple, a nonprofit that celebrates and develops excellent teachers, on March 23 surprised Phyllis Cavallone-Jurek, principal of St. Therese Chinese Catholic School at 247 W. 23rd St., with the Stanley C. Golder Award for Excellence in Leadership.

Book offers way out of Chicago budget crisis

The 2017 budget for the City of Chicago, an $8.2 billion plan, met with effortless approval last October by the Chicago City Council. Aldermen voted for a budget that included many hidden costs for taxpayers 48-0.

Sheridan Academy will add annex

In a surprise to just about everyone, the Chicago Public Schools’ Mark Sheridan Math and Science Academy found itself in line for an $8 million annex.

Angela Valentino earns DiFiore Scholarship

Family and friends of the late Antoinette “Toni” DiFiore, a lifelong Near West Side resident who passed away in 2015, and the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii on March 19 awarded a $1,000 scholarship in her name.

Community says keep Arrigo Park passive

A survey of residents in the Arrigo Park area finds they want to save its green space and limit organized sports.

Archer Ave. SRO tenants battle to save their home

The tenants of a single residence/room occupancy (SRO) facility at 3022 S. Archer Ave. continue to battle to remain in their apartments. In late March, the building management disconnected the water.